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Is there a difference in student behavior in colleges with primarily low income students?

Asked by Pandora (22964 points ) January 9th, 2013

When I and my sister went to college, we both attended low income colleges. I don’t remember seeing any hazing or harassment of any kind. In high school yes, but not college. Yet I’ve noticed that it does seem to happen a lot in your more upscale colleges.

Now it could be, simply, times have changed, but I wonder if maybe it has to do with our parents were not the ones paying the bill and so we didn’t have time to be jerks.

I had to attend school and work as did most of the kids who attended. We socialized a little in school during break times but other than that, we went our separate ways.
I would like to hear the view from current college students or college teachers.

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Judi's avatar

I have noticed (as an apartment manager) that kids who are paying their own way tend to party way less than kids who have mommy and daddy paying the bills.

wundayatta's avatar

Can you give examples of the low income colleges you are talking about?

Pandora's avatar

Mostly your community colleges and some bigger colleges in cities. It’s not so much the colleges in big cities are low income but they usually provide more grant monies or loans because most of the students around the college is primarily low income families and the kids who can afford to attend will pay a little more for a college with a good reputation. Your richer kids in cities tend to go to well known named colleges. I don’t necessarily mean Ivy league colleges. But there are colleges that don’t have to depend on grants to stay afloat.

wundayatta's avatar

I suppose that income might play a role in this difference, if this difference exists. But expect there will be so many factors, that it is hard to find any significant correlations.

gailcalled's avatar

We have several wonderful community colleges in the area; none of them has on-campus housing.

The kids come, take their classes, do their lab and library work and participate in intramural sports and some clubs. You can start a club if you like. Most of the kids have jobs and are too busy to behave badly.

tinyfaery's avatar

UCLA was much rowdier, had a poorer quality student, and was generally suckier (racist, sexist, rich brats) than Cal State LA. CSULA is a cheaper state school where mostly minorities go to get 4 year degrees. It was very much a commuter school and far exceeded UCLA in the quality of student.

Expensive schools mean rich, bratty, privileged kids, most of whom have never had to be accountable for anything.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

In my past, when I was working and often had a say in hiring decisons, I’d always push for the person who’d attended community college and state university.

Let’s say that you’re interviewing two recent college graduates. Who’s the more mature person who’ll be responsible, adapt to the workplace, and try his/her best to do a great job?

(1) The privileged kid whose parents didn’t blink when writing $55K checks for annual tuition/room/board, and who spent his college summers touring Europe or doing unpaid internships with few demands; or

(2) The kid who went to reasonably-priced public schools, worked hard to pay his own way, earned scholarships and grants, and was grateful for the opportunity to learn?

I don’t know why so many people are star-struck by the luster of an Ivy League degree, when the community college graduate might be so much more worthy.

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